15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality - A breath of fresh air
I had new carpets fitted last Friday and I have had a very dry throat and been coughing non stop since Saturday. I have today purchased 6 of the above 17 plants and have scattered them in the rooms concerned. In the 6 hours following my throat is still dry but I have not coughed at all. I intend to buy 4 more and maybe tonight I will get some sleep!
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I am a carpet installer. Have you noticed that when a beam of light shines thru a window you can see dust in the air? When you disturb your carpet it gets much worse! no matter how clean the house seems to be its there. The dust is super fine. Your best bet is to dust the entire house then change your air filter.
Hope this helps!
what do you think of placing plants in construction zones? i guess they'd remove microparticles in the air but I'm afraid the dust will kill them. one way to find out...
I'd love to know when these studies were done, as this list of plants is very old school, 1970's or 80's popular house plants. It's interesting too how they are all the types of plants we see in large office blocks etc.
I guess, I'm wondering, did they do these same studies on a larger range of plants since, and do they not all filter out stuff of one kind or another? I would think any of the "air plants" would filter out a lot.
Rachel, the final report of NASA studies on the effects of Plants clening the Air where published in September 15th, 1989. They were carried out by Dr. Bill Wolverton, Ann Jhonson and Keith Bounds.
My cat ate *everything* I tried to grow -which is why up until last year I only grew cacti in the house. haha cat :P Buuuut I recently started hanging plant brackets from the window frames! Brilliant --plus it keeps the plants away from kids and pets alike. Finally a little green in this place.
I have had a vast selection of plants in my home as well as a vast selection of cats and other animals - I have never had a cat eat any of my plants - also if they go outside they can eat anything they like! Animals are very intuitive about what they eat and will very rarely eat anything to harm them! Hope this helps, blessings, Nixie
The evidence citing certain plants as toxic, such as philodendrons, is weak. In fact, the data fails to account for numerous very known variables--hence, completely lacks controls. The latest opinion is that philodendrons are as harmless to pets as they are to children.
So are all the chemicals and medications you keep in your home. Just keep them out of reach of pets and kids.
Probably alot who read Morher Nature News, have children, and pets do not use chemicals around the house and use natural remedies for medicine. I would like a plant that I don't have worry about my kids or pets touching in their own home. Why would anyone intentionally do that? Kids & pets always find a way to get into what they should not.....
We have 3 of the 15 plants listed in our spa. We have the Golden Pothos, the Weeping Fig Plant and the Chinese Evergreen. It's great to know that they not only provide a calming earthy feel, but that they also help clean the air. Kudos!
Only one plant out of this entire list is non-toxic to cats. Pretty disappointing for pet owners who would also like some nice air-purifying house plants.
I havent checked the list yet, but I know bamboo is definitely safe for cats, I am convinced my mini lion is a a wannabe veggie! I also read that bamboo is great for purifying the air and my cat is not sick even though he attacks it in the night.
Hi - that is amazing . My 24year old daughter always coughs and is sniffling. Any particular plant you would advise for her.
Brown tips are normal and as the leaves brown, I generally remove them. Cat palms like to be kept fairly moist (but not soggy) and live in a humid environment. You might also want to make sure yours isn't near a drafty window.
Have mint in your kitchen. The leaves are great for tea and calming to your stomach when used in salads. And when watered you enjoy a lovely fresh scent.
As another commenter mentioned, data for toxicity is very weak for most of these plants. Weak data and poorly constructed studies gets translated into AVOID ON FEAR OF PAINFUL DEATH for some reason. Writers are not scientists for the most part, and most repeating the data have never looked at the primary source..
I can't get a vegetable past the lips of my pug, do dogs pick a leaf up from the floor and eat it? My cats ate the spider plants, I hope these are not poisonous - although my cats didn't die!
you can buy that plastic rug-type stuff that you put on carpet under rolling office chairs (I'm not sure what it is called) that has the spikes on the bottom to prevent from sliding and put that under your plants if they are indoors. Cut to size if needed and lay with spike side facing up. this will keep your pets from eating the plants!
Doesnt work for my dogs they walk right over it with no problem although it might work for a cat I think their feet are more sensitive. My Jack russells love my banana trees and the dirt so I put the plastic runners under the planters with the pointy things up and they walk on it like nothing. Some animals might be different...
Any of the plants on the list which can be toxic to pets can be hanging plants well out of reach of pets (and children, for that matter) and still do their "work" for you :-)
I especially enjoy Pothos, Philodendron, and Spider plants, myself! Aloe, is great for burns, too, as the article says. I found a few on the list that I don't have, though, and want to add to my little jungle :-)
Most of the plants listed in this article are contained in the ASPCA's list of plants toxic to dogs (did not check out cats).
I know it's not "non-toxic" but I've had good luck growing pothos in hanging planters in my home which is usually shaded due to excessive sunlight (heat) in west-facing apartment. Except if it's cold outside, of course. The plant seems to thrive on artificial (fluorescent) lighting, but I try to get full spectrum variety bulbs. And of course, if you have pets or small children, hanging them is the best way to keep them out of harms way.
Philodendron is great for low light. When they get spindly, just cut them back and place the cuttings in water A Hoya (Hoja?) (spelling) - popular in South America is another succulent that is extremely low maintenance, but loves sun, also, Jade Tree or Plant, it's all semantics, (which is purported by the Feng Shui-ers to bring good luck, especially when arranged with 2 on the bottom, and a third on top (think a shelf that forms a Christmas Tree shape of plants!) Good Luck!
I googled a very extensive list of non-toxic house plants. It is quite extensive and was very helpful to me and my 7 cats. http://www.cfa.org/CatCare/HouseholdHazards/ToxicPlants.aspx
I 'd love to know which plants are good for cleaning the inside air in an appartment that has little sunlight.
Grow a pot of cat grass (seed available in pet stores - look for Cosmic Kitty brand) and a small pot of catnip (at the florist in the spring) and Kitty will get HER veggies - not YOURS!!!!
All but three of these palnts are toxic to cats and dogs: Spider plant, Gerber daisy, Bamboo palm.
I just looked those up on the same website and they are NOT toxic to dogs or cats. You can have those in your house without worrying about your pets! :)
After readying your post I thought I would look it to double check that they are NOT toxic like you said. I don't think you looked at the website at all because they ARE toxic to cats and dogs. I am glad that I looked for myself. I love my dogs way to much to arm them because of a plant. I am sticking with the Gerber Daisy.
Wonderful idea but I must have plants that are cat friendly. My cats see any plants or flowers that I bring into the house as a salad, so I need non-poisonous plants.
I don't know if they still do this, but 30 yrs ago when my children were little, the Poison Control Center had a small booklet that identified poisonous and non-poisonous plants. It was very helpful. Not complete, but good. There are also plant books that identify non-poisonous plants. I had a house full of them - wish I could remember what they were. Sorry.
Got a couple of plants from this list..But never knew they're helping me so much..Gotta hug them everyday for this..Going to try growing the other plants too..Thanks for the valuable information!!